Public speaking offers many benefits for those who attend lectures. But it can be just as valuable for the speaker. Not only does public speaking sharpen your communication skills and motivates you to dive deeper into your craft, but it can also improve your confidence. Here are three ways that public speaking can boost your self-esteem.
Proof of Your Expertise
In the era of social media, daily life can feel like a never-ending competition. When you log in, it is common to see someone earning another degree, publishing another book, or starting another business. It’s easy to forget your own accomplishments. However, public speaking can serve as a reminder that you are just as knowledgeable, and well-studied, as the people around you. People seek your advice because you have something to offer. Revel in the self-confidence that stems from your expertise.
Reminds You That You Are Needed
The role of public speaking wouldn’t exist if not for eager audiences full of people who are ready to listen. People fill auditoriums to learn about improving their lives, to be inspired, and to build new skill sets. You have the unique ability to educate large groups of people, without suffering from debilitating fear. Not only is that rare, it’s commendable. As a public speaker, you are necessary. And for many, feeling needed gives life a sense of purpose that often raises self-esteem.
Example of Your Generosity
Making positive impacts in the lives of others feels good. Deep down, we all want to know that we’re making a difference in the world. No one has to share what they know. Consequently, sharing useful information is a generous act. Because knowledge is power, sharing it is a great way to give back to future leaders in your community. Through public speaking, you can pay it forward. Take pride in your passion to offer advice to others and be confident that you are a contributing member of society.
“Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.”Ralph Waldo Emerson
Public speakers play an important role in inspiring change in others. If you are a public speaker (or are interested in becoming one), let these three self-esteem boosters serve as motivation to continue to pursue your dream.